Everybody’s hearing loss situation is unique and hearing aids are designed to compensate for those unique conditions. Whether you are new to wearing hearing aids or have been wearing them for years, if your hearing aids give you headaches or any other type of pain, there is a solution.
If your hearing aid is properly adjusted it will meet your personal needs and fit in your ear comfortably. If you’re suffering from any pain or discomfort you should make sure your hearing aid is adjusted properly and that it’s the correct device for you.
Your hearing aid requires adjustment if you notice any of these signs
Headaches can be the outcome of improperly adjusted hearing aids. Reasons being, they are not being used properly, or haven’t been adjusted for a long time. If this is the case, the following issues may arise:
- Feedback noise. Your hearing aid may pick up and amplify background noise, such as wind, which can also trigger irritating, high-pitched feedback noises.
- Inadequate sound quality. Improperly adjusted hearing aids can increase the volume of high intensity sound causing a loud annoying feedback that can harm your ears. And low volume sound can get lost with hearing aids in this condition.
- Headaches and tinnitus. Loud noises that are further amplified can also trigger headaches and even tinnitus. Normally, this means the settings are too high.
Over-the-counter hearing aids
Even though you can go to a local store and get a less pricey personal amplification device (over the counter hearing aid), these devices won’t be customized for your personal hearing loss needs.
Hearing loss is distinct to every person so simply amplifying all sounds won’t be enough to improve your hearing. Typically, specific wavelengths of sound are lost when a person loses their hearing. Hearing aid settings have to be programmed to allow the individual to be able to hear adequately in different environments.
Getting your hearing aid professionally adjusted
One of the most useful ways to make sure your hearing aid is properly fitted is to have your customized hearing aid fitted and adjusted. Custom-fitted hearing aids will be designed just for you using molds of your ears. The settings will be programmed to target your specific hearing loss situation once the proper fit is attained.
Your hearing aid should also make automatic adjustments, which will allow you to hear background sounds in various settings without interference. This may require a few visits to make sure you get the hearing aid that’s right for you and correct for your lifestyle. And with significant hearing loss, your brain will need to become accustomed to hearing again in stages, so your hearing aid will have to be programmed in stages.
If you think you might be dealing with an out of tune hearing aid, contact us today and make an appointment to get it assessed.